Archdiocese Sued Over Alleged Sexual Abuse by Former Vernon Mayor’s Son

By City News Service

(CNS) – A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of a former Catholic high school student alleges he was sexually abused by a teacher in 2006 and that school administrators and their superiors in the Los Angeles Archdiocese could have prevented it.

The suit was the subject of a news conference held yesterday in front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels by members of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

The plaintiff, identified in the complaint as former Daniel Murphy Catholic High School student John Doe TD, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the archdiocese and John Malburg, alleging sexual battery, negligence and fraudulent conveyance. He seeks unspecified damages.

The Archdiocese acted quickly when the allegations against Malburg surfaced, spokesman Tod Tamberg said.

“The archdiocese first became aware of the investigation from the police and fully cooperated with the investigation,” he said. “Malburg was immediately removed from his position and archdiocesan officials met with parents at the school.”

The plaintiff, now an adult, alleges he was coerced into appearing in a series of pornographic videos being produced by Malburg. At the time, Malburg was a teacher as well as the vice principal and dean of students at the school, which closed in 2009.

In addition to the allegations against Malburg and the archdiocese, the complaint alleges that Malburg’s parents, Dominica and former Vernon Mayor Leonis Malburg, were involved in a fraudulent scheme to transfer property assets in order for their son to avoid civil judgment claims.

The younger Malburg pleaded no contest to continuous sexual abuse of a minor and using a minor for commercial sex acts and was sentenced to eight years in state prison in a plea deal in which 12 other counts were dismissed.

One of the named victims in the criminal complaint was the plaintiff, according to his attorneys.

Malburg pleaded no contest in a separate case to conspiracy to commit voter registration fraud, voter registration fraud and perjury by declaration, and was sentenced in that case to three years and four months in state prison.

His father was convicted of charges including fraudulent voting and conspiracy for falsely claiming to live in the tiny municipality of Vernon, while his mother was convicted of conspiracy and fraudulent voting.

Leonis Malburg was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $579,000 in fines and restitution, while Dominica Malburg was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $36,000 in fines and penalty assessments.

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April 19, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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